India clintched seven-wicket win in the third and final One-day International (ODI) against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Virat Kohli opted to bowl after winning the toss in the series-decider and India bundled out Australia for 230 runs in 48.4 overs. Dhoni was well-supported by Kedar Jadhav who remained unbeaten on 61 off 57 balls as India chased down the target in 49.2 overs.
Dhoni was the man who led scored an unbeaten 87 off 114 balls to bring up his third consecutive half-century of the series. With the win at the MCG, India claimed the three-match series 2-1. India added the first bilateral ODI series win in Australia to their historic 2-1 Test series triumph after the hosts won the opening match in Sydney by 34 runs and Virat Kohli’s team levelled with a six-wicket win in Adelaide.
Needing 231 to win, India lost openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early. The Indian skipper then stitched up a 54-run partnership with Dhoni to lay a solid foundation for India’s run chase. Jhye Richardson then got rid of Kohli (46) but Dhoni, the finisher, was still there to do what he does best.